Election 2012

Tomorrow Isn't All About the Presidency, Here Are Some Ballot Initiatives and Measures to Follow

If the Reason staff's voting intentions are anything to go by it looks like for at least some libertarians the race for the White House will offer no cause for celebration, whatever the outcome.


Tomorrow many will be watching the presidential election with a mixture of excitement, dread, and apprehension. If the Reason staff's voting intentions are anything to go by it looks like for at least some libertarians the race for the White House will offer no cause for celebration, whatever the outcome.

However, despite the lack of enthusiasm that we might have in the top two contenders for the presidency, there are plenty of races we will be keeping a close eye on.

Liberal marijuana measures are on the ballot in Washington, Oregon, Arkansas, Colorado, and Detroit. As Jacob noted, it looks like Washington will vote in favor of legalization, while Colorado's Amendment 64 has 50 percent support. Victories for the anti-drug war crowd in any of these races would be a welcome step forward. But, considering how the DEA has acted under both Republican and Democratic presidencies there will be reason to worry about how the federal government will react to these measures, whoever is president.

In Massachusetts the right to die is on the ballot. Question 2 would allow the terminally ill to receive a life-ending dose of drugs. Recent polling shows that a little over half support the measure.

Healthcare policy is also on the ballot in a few states. Montana's LR-122 has been put on the ballot in response to Obama's eponymous healthcare law, and would allow for Montanans to decide if they would like to go without health insurance. Alabama Amendment 6 would ban mandatory participation in a healthcare system.

Gay marriage is being put to voters in Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, and Washington.

In California, which has spent over $4 billion executing 13 people since 1978 and has over 700 inmates on death row, the abolition of the death penalty is being put to voters.

Collective bargaining, which put Wisconsin politics on the national stage earlier this year, is on the ballot in a number of states. Idaho Propositions 1, 2, and 3 affect teacher union bargaining, Michigan Proposal 2 would, if passed, establish collective bargaining as a right.

Louisiana could fortify already existing gun laws if Amendment 2 is passed. Idaho HJR2, Nebraska Amendment 2, and Wyoming Amendment B would all (if passed) protect fishing and hunting rights.

In Georgia voters will decide on whether they want the state to be allowed to set up charter schools. Washingtonians will have the opportunity to decide if they want to embrace charter schools.

This small sample is far from comprehensive, but it should give readers some idea of what some of us will be keeping an eye on tomorrow evening.

We will be live tweeting election night tomorrow from 7:30pm ET. Reason 24/7 will be providing updates on the presidential election, the measures and initiatives mentioned here, and much more. 

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  1. Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow. You’re only a defeated proposition away.

    1. Isn’t MatthewFeeney the dude from “boy Meets World”?

  2. “Texas issues the Articles of Rebellion” would have been more fun.

    1. I wonder if the FedGov would let Texans secede peacefully this time, if they voted to again.

  3. Florida has eleventy billion amendments to review. You wouldn’t be totally wrong just to vote no on all of them. That’s usually a healthy default position, though I did vote yes on Amendment Fuck ObamaCare.

    1. I have it on good authority (Andrew Sullivan and Chris Matthews) that using the term “ObamaCare” is indicative of virulent racism.

      I think someone needs a visit from DHS!

      1. It’s hard to laugh about that crap anymore. Substance is meaningless; identity politics is all.

        1. If you live in a liberal area, just stock up on ammo and hard liquor. The storm’ll pass once the Democrats calm down. Next year.

          1. Nah, Tampa’s fairly conservative. Besides, the Mouse isn’t that far away. It will restore order if no one else will.

    2. It would be nice to see the anti-ObamaCare amendments pass. If it gets far enough that the IRS does issue a Schedule OBAMA, it would be some small comfort if they had to issue a separate Sch OBAMA-FL/AL/etc to exempt Floridians, Alabamans, and who ever else passed Fuck ObamaCare Amendments.

  4. I voted a couple weeks ago. Just waiting to see how futile it was. Mind you, I’m not waiting to see if it was futile, that’s a given. I’m a little curious just to see how far off I am from my fellow Californians, again.

  5. My ballot was about the presidential election. There was nothing else except for a bunch of local douchebag positions like coroner, for which I did not even vote. Most positions had one unopposed candidate.

    And I don’t see the point of local morons declaring a party. If you try to find more information about them you will probably find that they have no idea what their party agenda even is, and you may even find a campaign web site that looks like it was typed by Dunphy or Double Asshole (o3).

    1. I wonder what it takes to run for coroner.

      I don’t know jack shit about coroning, but the guy usually doesn’t even campaign.

      The way to get the LP into higher office, is to start locally.

      This thing we have of fielding a Presidential candidate once every 4 years is a quixotic waste of resources, when we don’t even have a Libertarian soil commissioner anywhere in the country.

  6. You have vastly underdescribed the effects of Prop 2 in Michigan. It proposes to make ‘right to work’ unconstitutional, and would probably invalidate any number (current estimate, 120) of laws limiting the power of unions to do stuff. But it may actually not pass, which will be very interesting. We’ll see….

    1. Living in Michigan Proposal 2 honestly scares me.

  7. I am no fan of Oabama, but one thing I know for sure. If Romneys lips are moving, he is lying.


    1. Is Oabama a Green Lantern?

    2. Anonbot has officially endorsed Obama? It has failed the Turing test.

      1. I have not!

    3. You used that joke on the weekend!

      1. Indeed. Why has tagtann not been banned yet? I realize it’s Whack-A-Mole, but let’s at least make him work harder for his spammer overlords.

  8. It will be interesting to see the ultimate fate of Question 2 in MA. The commercials against it drum up quite a scare. People being allowed to die in their own home WITH NO DOCTOR PRESENT!?!?! THE HORROR!!!

  9. Can’t wait to see the fallout if Prop 32 passes here in Cali. It’s the “Get money out of politics” one. Funnest part is the ads against it that are throwing in every single bogeyman they can think of. Apparently it was written personally by Special Interests, Big Oil, the Koch brothers, and not only Karl Rove, but specifically in the radio ad “George Bush’s Karl Rove” as though George Bush was a brand name or something.

    1. The ads against it are 100% bullshit. “It’s all about special exemptions, because it restricts involuntary campaign contributions without restricting voluntary ones!!”

  10. Fellow libertarians, help me!

    I’m all ready to vote for GayJay tomorrow, and I know I’m voting for the retarded Independent (“fiscally conservative Progressive”) J. Kevin Chisholm against Frank Wolf in the House race. But the US Senate race between George Allen (R) and Tim Kaine (D) has me stumped. I really hate both guys.

    I’m tempted to vote for Allen since I believe Obama will be re-elected and every extra Republican in the Senate is necessary to thwart him. But, then he plays stupid ads accusing Tim Kaine of cutting education funding while he was Governor, and I’m left not wanting to vote for Allen.

    My husband is planning to leave the question blank. Should I do the same? Or should I vote for Allen? Or Kaine?

    1. Just MHO, but I’d leave it blank

    2. Are there no third party candidates in the Senate race?

      1. None! I can generally count on the Virginia Libertarians to put candidates up for most ballots, and otherwise I vote Republican. But George Allen is a statist piece of shit, so I’m torn.

        1. Write yourself in?

        2. I’d say vote against the incumbent, but that’s not possible here. So vote for Allen: how can he be more of a statist piece of shit than the Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee?

    3. When in doubt, throw the bums out.

  11. The one I’m torn on is Prop 34 (California). Repeal the death penalty, but there’s a $100 million sop to law enforcement that spoils it. I’ll probably vote for it anyway, but fuck, why do they have to go and do that.

  12. irate motorist tries to make traffic stop of cop , tells him to put his DAMN SEATBELT ON!

    lol. look on cop’s face is priceless.

    (note: i have no idea about michigan, but the cop may be exempt from the seatbelt law. here in WA, cops, as well as taxi drivers are exempt ).


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